Malawian Airlines is talking with lessors about the supply of 30-seater aircraft needed to serve thin routes in the Mozambican market.
Since its founding in 2013, the carrier has operated aB737-800 and a Dash 8-400, sourced from parent Ethiopian Airlines (), on flights between Malawi’s two main cities – Lilongwe and Blantyre – as well as to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania.
CEO Kassim Geresu told the African Aerospace magazine that the first of the aircraft would arrive by June 1 and could also be used to open up additional domestic routes as well as on VIP charter flights.
“We’re looking at 30-plus seaters with lessors – it’s under negotiation,” he said indicating that the preferred type was a Dash 8-200 owing to its comonality with the larger DHC 8-400.
Malawian Ailrines is a joint-venture between Ethiopian Airlines with a 49% stake while the Malawian government and local investors hold the remaining 51% majority stake.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :